BEIJIGN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tennis star Li Na has secured a berth at the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, the organizers announced on Friday.
The 31-year-old Li, winner of 2011 French Open, has become the fifth player after Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska to be included in the tournament featuring the top eight singles and top four doubles.
"Congratulations to Li Na on securing her qualification for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul for the third year in a row," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA, on the WTA website.
"Her personality and exciting brand of tennis endears her to tennis fans around the world, as Li continues to inspire generations tennis players."
The tournament, to be held from October 22 to 27, will see a record-setting prize money of 6 million US dollars.